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Bharat humko jaan se pyaara hain: Geeta sings national anthem through sign language

She is at present staying at residential premises of an NGO here which runs an institute for the hearing and speech impaired

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Geeta, the deaf and mute girl who returned to India recently after inadvertently crossing into Pakistan over a decade ago, on Wednesday presented the national anthem in sign language.She is at present staying at residential premises of an NGO here which runs an institute for the hearing and speech impaired. “Geeta presented the national anthem with sign language with other students. This is for the first time that she presented the Jana Gana Mana,” the institute’s sign language head Monika Punjabi Verma told PTI. “Our priority is to make Geeta adjust in the new environment as soon as possible. Thereafter we will facilitate her education, including the professional training, to economically empower her.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Alicia Sort Leal, a psychologist from Barcelona (Spain) is camping at the institute. Alicia’ help will be sought for Geeta,” she said. Verma dismissed the news report that Geeta was unwell, saying she was tired after a long journey, but recovered after the rest.Geeta, who had accidentally landed in Pakistan over a decade ago, returned to India on October 26. She was reportedly just 7 or 8 years old when she was found sitting alone on the Samjhauta Express by the Pakistan Rangers 15 years ago at the Lahore railway station. She was then adopted by the Edhi Foundation’s Bilquis Edhi. Her story came to light after the release of Salman Khan-starrer ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ in which the hero unites a Pakistani girl with her mother.

BSF warns Paistan against any misadventure, cites zero tolerance

The blunt message was conveyed by BSF to Pakistan Rangers during a Flag Meeting while lodging a strong protest over its “unprovoked” cross-border firing which killed one civilian and injured 14 in Jammu and Kashmir over past few days.

BSF Inspector General (Jammu Frontier) Rakesh Kumar

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In the wake of renewed ceasefire violations, BSF on Tuesday warned Pakistani armed forces against undertaking any “misadventure”, saying India has “zero tolerance” towards infiltration and cross-border firing, particularly that targets the civilian population.The blunt message was conveyed by BSF to Pakistan Rangers during a Flag Meeting while lodging a strong protest over its “unprovoked” cross-border firing which killed one civilian and injured 14 in Jammu and Kashmir over past few days. The protest was conveyed at the Sector Commander level Flag Meeting between BSF and Pakistan Rangers at BOP Octerio (Pakistan side) in R S Pura sector of Jammu district which lasted for about two hours. The Flag Meeting was convened in the wake of renewed firing by Pakistani Rangers after over a month-long lull.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”We have lodged the protest and all those protests are given to them on which they have violated the understanding which was established during the DG-level talks (in Delhi on September 12),” BSF Inspector General (Jammu Frontier) Rakesh Kumar told reporters.He said, “we have told them that we have zero tolerance towards sniping, zero tolerance for infiltration and zero tolerance for cross border firing on the international border, and especially targeting of the civilian population”.Another senior officer said, “BSF conveyed it to Pakistan Rangers in strong words that any misadventure on the International Border and the firing and shelling on Indian villages will not be tolerated at any cost.”To questions on the outcome of talks, he said, “In the meetings, Pakistan Rangers appear to be very positive and it appears that now they will follow the norms… Talks do bring results and I am hopeful that these talks will also produce results.” It was agreed that meetings at local level between two border guarding forces should be held more frequently, an officer said.After a lull of over a month, Pakistan Rangers resorted to heavy firing and mortar shelling from October 23 targetting large number of BoPs and border hamlets with 81, 82 mm mortar bombs and heavy machine guns till yesterday morning. It resulted in the death of a civilian and injuries to 14 others. Over two dozen bovines were also killed or injured.On October 23, one civilian labourer Raj Kumar from Chhattisgarh was killed and two other civilians were injured in the firing by Pakistani Rangers along IB in Mangu Chack area on Samba sector. The next day, five civilians were injured in the Pakistani firing and shelling along IB in Mawa and Bhatti villages in Samba.On October 25, six people were injured in Pak shelling in Bobiya area along IB in Hirnagar sector of Kathua district. One civilian was injured in Pak firing in Ramgarh belt of samba sector yesterday.

With Geeta back in India, Islamabad hopes Delhi will free 459 Pakistani prisoners

New Delhi: Pakistan on Monday expressed the hope that India will free Pakistanis from Indian jails after Islamabad sent home Geeta, a young deaf and mute Indian woman who was stranded there for over a decade.

“Hope Pakistani prisoners would be released (by India) as soon as possible so that they come and stay with their families for the rest of their lives,” Pakistan High Commission spokesperson Manzoor Ali Memon told reporters here.

Geeta arrives in India. Image Credit: Twitter @MEAIndiaGeeta arrives in India. Image Credit: Twitter @MEAIndia

Geeta arrives in India. Image Credit: Twitter @MEAIndia

He was speaking to the media after Geeta, who had been stranded in Pakistan for over a decade arrived here at the Indira Gandhi International Airport via a Pakistani flight.

Ali said there were 459 Pakistani prisoners who were languishing in Indian jails.

Geeta, who arrived by a Pakistan International Airlines flight 272, was accompanied by members of Edhi Foundation, a social welfare organisation that has been looking after her since 2003 when she crossed over to Pakistan accidentally.

She would be handed over to her family after a DNA test to establish the conclusive proof of her parents.

Geeta, now in her early 20s, was around 11 years old when she inadvertently crossed the border to Pakistan.

She was spotted by the Pakistan Rangers in Lahore, and handed over to the Edhi Foundation. Bilquis Edhi, who runs the Edhi Foundation, named her Geeta.

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj welcomes ‘India’s daughter’ Geeta

Swaraj will brief the media at 3 pm on Monday with details about Geeta’s arrival. Pakistan’s High Commissioner Abdul Basit will host Geeta and the Edhi delegation this evening.

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday welcomed Geeta, the speech and hearing impaired Indian woman, on her arrival in India.”Geeta – Welcome home our daughter” tweeted Swaraj.Geeta arrived from Karachi by Pakistan International Airlines Flight 272 at Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi at around 10:20 am.Geeta was reportedly just 7 or 8 years old when she was found sitting alone on the Samjhauta Express by the Pakistan Rangers 15 years ago at the Lahore railway station.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Geeta has identified her father, step-mother and siblings from a photograph sent to her by the Indian High Commission in Islamabad. The family reportedly lives in Bihar.Swaraj will brief the media at 3 pm on Monday with details about Geeta’s arrival. Pakistan’s High Commissioner Abdul Basit will host Geeta and the Edhi delegation this evening.She will be handed over to her real parents after the DNA test. The Ministry of External Affairs had earlier said if the DNA does not match then she will be accommodated at either of the two identified institutions in Delhi and Indore.Geeta was reportedly just seven or eight years old when she was found sitting alone on the Samjhauta Express by the Pakistan Rangers 15 years ago at the Lahore railway station. The police then took her to the Edhi Foundation in Lahore and later she was shifted to Karachi.

India will give befitting reply to Pakistan: BJP

The unprovoked firing by Pakistan entered its fourth day on Monday and the civilians have been the most affected as they are facing major loss of property.

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Former home secretary and BJP MP from Arrah RK Singh on Monday said that India will give a befitting reply to Pakistan for the escalating ceasefire violations across the Line of Control (LoC ) in which several innocent civilians and jawans have lost their lives. “Pakistan Rangers have decided to send a message to the BSF. The commanders of the Pakistan Rangers should understand that India will give a befitting reply to escalating ceasefire violations across the LoC. The Pakistan Rangers should understand that only the life of innocent civilians are lost in these firings,” Singh said. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The unprovoked firing by Pakistan entered its fourth day on Monday and the civilians have been the most affected as they are facing major loss of property. At least five civilians were injured in overnight ceasefire violation by the Pakistani troops in Jammu and Kashmir’s Samba and Kathua Districts. Pakistani troops targeted 30 border posts during the heavy shelling that still continues at some places. The Border Security Force (BSF) strongly retaliated, resulting in a heavy exchange of fire. Several houses and shops have been damaged in the shelling. Five civilians, including children were injured when a mortar landed in a villager’s house. The residents said that 50 mortar shells landed in and near the village. The civilians have been evacuated to safer shelters for now. “It’s been four days since we have slept. The firing and the shelling starts and stops on its own accord and we don’t know what to do. Are we supposed to leave? Where do we go? The government needs to find a way to end this. We can’t keep taking the loss that we face every day,” a local of the Bobiya village in Kathua District said. Pakistan troops began firing on Friday evening and so far a civilian has been killed and 13 have been injured.

Jammu and Kashmir: Fresh ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Samba & Kathua; Indian troops retaliating

Indian troops have begun retaliating to the Pakistan firing

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Pakistan breached the ceasefire yet again on Sunday night in Samba. The firing continued to Kathua districts too in Jammu and Kashmir. Indian troops have begun retaliating to the attack.Two villagers were on Sunday injured as Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire earlier in the day, targeting 14 Border Outposts (BoPs) and border hamlets in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir. “Pakistani Rangers resorted to unprovoked firing on BSF posts along the IB in Samba sector from 2105 hours last night”, a BSF officer said today, adding BSF troops carried out effective retaliation with equal calibre weapons. The Rangers fired on 14 BoPs of BSF along IB in areas in Samba sector, he said, adding that they used 82, 82 and 51 mm mortar bombs at few places along the IB. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BSF troops retaliated, resulting in exchanges which continued till 0500 hours, he said, adding that there was no loss of life to BSF troops. Two villagers were injured and hospitalised in the mortar shelling, he said. Yesterday, Pakistan had resorted to heavy firing and mortar shelling at nine Indian Border Outposts (BoPs) and civilian areas in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir. The Border Security Force(BSF) had retaliated effectively to the firing by Pakistan Rangers in which a school bus, a private minibus and tractor were also damaged and some cattle heads killed or injured, security officials said. Later, in the evening, ceasefire violations by Pakistan resumed in Hiranagar in Kathua district and the Samba sector.A BSF spokesman said that Pakistani troops reopened firing from 1900 hours and targeted Border Outposts and civilian areas, inviting retaliation by Indian border forces.With agency inputs

Villagers living along border areas asked to remain vigilant after Pakistan shelling

Jammu: With Pakistani troops repeatedly shelling border areas, authorities have advised villagers living along the Indo-Pak border in Samba district to remain vigilant and stay indoors.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

“People (of border hamlets along International Border) should remain vigilant. Villagers are advised to stay indoors and at safer places during cross border shelling”, Minister for Industries and Commerce, Chander Prakash Ganga said.

Ganga visited villages of Samba district which were hit by cross border firing and assessed damages due to mortar shelling in Mawa and Bainglarg villages in Samba district on Saturday.

While interacting with the affected families, the Minister assured them of all necessary help from the Government and directed civil administration and police to be vigilant in the areas and respond at times of border shelling.

He also directed officers to remain present in their respective jurisdictions to deal with any emergency situation.

SSP Samba Joginder Singh informed the minister that bullet proof vehicles have been deployed which could be used in case of any emergency.

During his visit to the villages, the Minister handed over relief from Red Cross Society to villager Kalu Ram who lost his cattle in the firing.

Later, he also visited village Bainglarh, and gave away relief from Red Cross Society to Kishore Sharma who also lost his cattle in the firing.

Villagers also informed the Minister about various local issues including construction of permanent bunkers, hike in compensation given to persons killed in cross border firing and creation of a separate township for people living in border areas.

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J&K: Pakistan violates ceasefire, targets 14 border posts in Samba sector; two civilians Injured

Pakistan on Sunday once again violated the ceasefire by targeting 14 border posts in Samba Sector of Jammu and Kashmir.

Pakistan on Sunday once again violated the ceasefire by targeting 14 border posts in Samba Sector of Jammu and Kashmir.The unprovoked firing by Pakistan started at 9:00 pm on Saturday and was on till 5:00 am. The Border Security Forces also retaliated to the Pakistani firing.Two civilians have also been injured in the attacks.After over a month-long lull, Pakistani troops on Friday night resumed the ceasefire violations along the international border.The ceasefire violations, which became a routine, had stopped after the Director General (DG)-level talks between BSF and Pakistan Rangers on September 12.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistani troops have violated the ceasefire 17 times in September this year.On August 28, three civilians, including two women, were killed and 17 were injured as Pakistani troops pounded border areas of Jammu with heavy shelling and firing.On September 5, an army jawan was injured as Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire by firing on forward posts along the LoC in Poonch district.

Pakistan targets 9 Border Outposts along IB in Samba, civilian killed

After over a month-long lull, Pakistani troops on Friday resumed the ceasefire violations along the international border, killing one civilian and injuring three so far.

BSF jawans

Pakistan Rangers violated the ceasefire again with heavy firing and mortar shelling overnight that targeted nine Border Outposts (BoPs) of BSF and civilians areas in Samba district along IB, leaving a labourer injured.After over a month-long lull, Pakistani troops on Friday resumed the ceasefire violations along the international border, killing one civilian and injuring three so far.”Pak Rangers resorted to unprovoked firing on BSF posts along IB in Samba sector from 2025 hours last night”, a BSF officer said in Jammu on Saturday, adding BSF troops carried out effective retaliation.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Rangers fired on nine BoPs of BSF along IB in areas between River Basantar and River Treva in Samba sector, he said, adding that they used 82, 82 and 51 mm mortar bombs at few places along IB.BSF troops guarding the borderline retaliated resulting in exchanges which continued till 0220 hours today, he said, adding that there was no loss of life on Indian side but a civilian, who was working as a labourer in maintenance work near fence, was injured.A civilian was killed and two others were injured last evening when Pakistani troops indulged in heavy firing along IB in Mangu Chak border outpost. The ceasefire violations, which became a routine, had stopped after the Director General (DG)-level talks between BSF and Pakistan Rangers on September 12.

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Pakistan to highlight Kashmir issue at UN: Sartaj Aziz

Aziz said that Pakistan for the first time had prepared a dossier regarding alleged Indian interference in the country which would be taken to the United Nations for presentation.

Sartaj Aziz said that whenever talks will be held with India, Kashmir would part of the discussion.
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Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will raise the Kashmir issue and alleged Indian interference in the country at the UN General Assembly’s upcoming session later this month, a top official said on Thursday.”Pakistan will highlight the Kashmir issue at the UN and other fora as bilateralism envisaged in Shimla Agreement failed to achieve any progress,” Prime Minister’s Advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said on Friday. He briefed the Senate about the issues to be raised during Sharif’s visit to New York to attend the annual session of UN General Assembly later this month.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Aziz said that Pakistan for the first time had prepared a dossier regarding alleged Indian interference in the country which would be taken to the United Nations for presentation.”India accuses non-state actors of Pakistan but here it is an issue of state actors interfering in Pakistan,” he said. He insisted that Pakistan will not seek a meeting of the Prime Ministers as India cancelled the talks and any proposal for a meeting should come from New Delhi.Aziz said that whenever talks will be held with India, Kashmir would part of the discussion. He said talks would be held on all issue of bilateral concern and not on the selected ones picked by India.”Jammu and Kashmir is core issue between the two countries,” he said. He said that Pakistan has conveyed to India that it will not entertain objections to meetings with separatist Kashmiri leaders as they are stakeholders in the dispute. He warned about threat to strategic balance in South Asia and said that Pakistan has told the US that it should keep in view the conventional and non-conventional imbalance in the region while entering into any defence cooperation with India.Aziz also defended cooperation with China which he said was aimed at development of the country. He rejected India’s objection to Pak-China Economic Corridor and said Pakistan can safeguard its interests.Aziz said Pakistan and India agreed during recent meeting between top officials of Rangers and Border Security Force to observe the 2003 ceasefire agreement but India has backed out and was again violating it.

India will not hesitate to retaliate if disturbed, says Rajnath Singh

Bhopal: In a strong warning to those disrupting border peace, Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said the country will not hesitate in retaliating if someone fires first and asserted the government is ready to talk to Pakistan over PoK and not Kashmir.

Home Minister Rajnath Singhm. Reuters

Home Minister Rajnath Singhm. Reuters

“India always wants good friendly relations with its neighbours and continues with its policy of not disturbing anyone. But if someone fires at us first, we will not count the retaliatory bullets. Chhedenge nahi, par chhodenge bhi nahi (will not disturb anyone, but if disturbed, then won’t spare anyone),” Singh said.

He was addressing an inaugural programme of the first YN Singh Memorial Foundation Lecture Series on ‘National Security, Challenges and Strategy’ here last night.

Late YN Singh had served in co-operative department of Madhya Pradesh government. He was remembered for enhancing agriculture production through fertiliser distribution strategies.

On Pakistan raising the issue of Kashmir, Rajnath said, “During my meeting with the Pak Rangers and its delegation, I have cleared to them, Kashmir was, is and will remain India’s integral part and if you wish to talk, then talk about Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (PoK) only.”

“I have also tried to convince?? Pak Rangers that why they fire at the uniform (soldiers). First you fire, then we retaliate. Why not both of us will together fire at terrorism to end the menace,” he said.

The Home Minister said it was a challenge to protect the country’s over 23,000-km-long border, but assured it was well protected.

He also exuded confidence that India will become the world’s largest economy in next 10-15 years.

“The world over it was believed that down the line India will emerge as a major economy along with US and China. However, I am confident that because of India’s core strength, it will become the world’s largest economy in next 10-15 years. But, some anti-national forces don’t want to see India in that position,” he said.

Singh said India believes in co-existence and it is the only country in the world where Islam’s all 72 ‘firke’ (sects) exist. In no other country, even in Islamic nations, all these 72 firkes were found. The same thing also applies for Christianity and Buddhism, he said.

Praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s diplomatic skills, Rajnath said it is because of his leadership quality that even a country like United Arab Emirates (UAE) has stood with India on the issue of fighting against terrorism.

“It was unthinkable earlier,” he said.

On the steps taken by the government to enhance vigil on borders, he said in the last one year, the smuggling of cows to Bangladesh has come down to 2.5-3 lakh from the earlier figure of 22 lakh.

“This figure is not just provided by the Border Security Force (BSF) but also by NGOs working on the issue,” he said.

Referring to North East region, he said 70 terrorist organisations are active there and dealing with them is a challenge, but added that change is visible there also while citing the recent agreement with National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM), to prove his point.

On the issue of Naxalism, he said 26 districts in the country are affected with the menace and that the respective state governments are dealing with the problem in an effective manner with the active support from the Centre, both in terms of deploying Central forces and required funds.

Earlier, addressing the function, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh termed “Naxalism as a bigger threat than terrorism.”

It (Naxalism) is persisting in the country because of an international conspiracy to destabilise India’s economy, he said.

The Chhattisgarh CM also highlighted various steps taken by his government, including setting of educational hubs in hardcore Naxal areas, to deal with the problem which helped in checking the menace to a great extent, especially in the state’s Sarguja district.

Chhattisgarh Government’s Principal Secretary Aman Singh, in whose father’s memory the lecture series was launched, highlighted the objectives of the YN Singh Memorial Foundation.

Madhya Pradesh Assembly Speaker Dr Sitasharan Sharma, Chhattisgarh Assembly Speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal, Leader of Opposition in Chhattisgarh TS Singhdeo and a host of retired and serving bureaucrats were among others present on the occasion.

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Home Minister Rajnath Singh warns of India’s retaliation if disturbed

“India always wants good friendly relations with its neighbours and continues with its policy of not disturbing anyone. But if someone fires at us first, we will not count the retaliatory bullets. Chhedenge nahi, par chhodenge bhi nahi (will not disturb anyone, but if disturbed, then won’t spare anyone),” Singh said.

In a strong warning to those disrupting border peace, Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said the country will not hesitate in retaliating if someone fires first and asserted the government is ready to talk to Pakistan over PoK and not Kashmir.”India always wants good friendly relations with its neighbours and continues with its policy of not disturbing anyone. But if someone fires at us first, we will not count the retaliatory bullets. Chhedenge nahi, par chhodenge bhi nahi (will not disturb anyone, but if disturbed, then won’t spare anyone),” Singh said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He was addressing an inaugural programme of the first Y N Singh Memorial Foundation Lecture Series on ‘National Security, Challenges and Strategy’ here last night.Late Y N Singh had served in co-operative department of Madhya Pradesh government. He was remembered for enhancing agriculture production through fertiliser distribution strategies.On Pakistan raising the issue of Kashmir, Rajnath said, “During my meeting with the Pak Rangers and its delegation, I have cleared to them, Kashmir was, is and will remain India’s integral part and if you wish to talk, then talk about Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (PoK) only.””I have also tried to convince Pak Rangers that why they fire at the uniform (soldiers). First you fire, then we retaliate. Why not both of us will together fire at terrorism to end the menace,” he said.The Home Minister said it was a challenge to protect the country’s over 23,000-km-long border, but assured it was well protected.He also exuded confidence that India will become the world’s largest economy in next 10-15 years.”The world over it was believed that down the line India will emerge as a major economy along with US and China.However, I am confident that because of India’s core strength, it will become the world’s largest economy in next 10-15 years. But, some anti-national forces don’t want to see India in that position,” he said.Singh said India believes in co-existence and it is the only country in the world where Islam’s all 72 ‘firke’ (sects) exist. In no other country, even in Islamic nations, all these 72 firkes were found. The same thing also applies for Christianity and Buddhism, he said.Praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s diplomatic skills, Rajnath said it is because of his leadership quality that even a country like United Arab Emirates (UAE) has stood with India on the issue of fighting against terrorism.”It was unthinkable earlier,” he said.On the steps taken by the government to enhance vigil on borders, he said in the last one year, the smuggling of cows to Bangladesh has come down to 2.5-3 lakh from the earlier figure of 22 lakh. “This figure is not just provided by the Border Security Force (BSF) but also by NGOs working on the issue,” he said.Referring to North East region, he said 70 terrorist organisations are active there and dealing with them is a challenge, but added that change is visible there also while citing the recent agreement with National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM), to prove his point.On the issue of Naxalism, he said 26 districts in the country are affected with the menace and that the respective state governments are dealing with the problem in an effective manner with the active support from the Centre, both in terms of deploying Central forces and required funds.Earlier, addressing the function, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh termed “Naxalism as a bigger threat than terrorism.”It (Naxalism) is persisting in the country because of an international conspiracy to destabilise India’s economy, he said.The Chhattisgarh CM also highlighted various steps taken by his government, including setting of educational hubs in hardcore Naxal areas, to deal with the problem which helped in checking the menace to a great extent, especially in the state’s Sarguja district.Chhattisgarh Government’s Principal Secretary Aman Singh, in whose father’s memory the lecture series was launched, highlighted the objectives of the YN Singh Memorial Foundation.Madhya Pradesh Assembly Speaker Dr Sitasharan Sharma, Chhattisgarh Assembly Speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal, Leader of Opposition in Chhattisgarh T S Singhdeo and a host of retired and serving bureaucrats were among others present on the occasion.

India is more Islamic than Pakistan, says Rajnath Singh

India can be called “more Islamic than Pakistan” as more Muslims live here than that country, Home Minister Rajnath Singh told the chief of Pakistan Rangers on Friday who called on him to discuss ways to keep the border peaceful.

Rajnath Singh

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India can be called “more Islamic than Pakistan” as more Muslims live here than that country, Home Minister Rajnath Singh told the chief of Pakistan Rangers on Friday who called on him to discuss ways to keep the border peaceful.During the interaction, Singh said India wants peace with all neighbours, including Pakistan, and will not fire the first bullet but asked the Rangers to ensure no infiltration takes place from their side.In his response, Maj Gen Umar Farooq Burki, the head of Pakistan Rangers’ delegation, told Singh that he was the “mere DG of a force and not the leadership” like the Home Minister and could not give any commitment in this regard. He said he would convey Singh’s message to the Pakistani leadership.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Burki said his country also wanted peace along the border and cordial relations with India and that there could have been some incidents at the border where firing took place due to misunderstanding or by mistake.Singh said that “Like India, Pakistan, too, is a victim of terrorism” and both countries must unite against the menace.The Home Minister noted that India is home to all the 72 ‘firkas’ (sects) of Muslims, which no other country has.”India has more Muslim population than Pakistan. India can be called as more Islamic than Pakistan,” he said. Burki, who is here for talks with BSF DG DK Pathak, responded, “Your country is very big and vast. It is a great nation. We also want to have very good relations with India.” He also mentioned that both sides hope to defuse the situation along the Indo-Pak border in future amicably.Singh said India wants friendly relations with all its neighbours and that was the reason why Prime Minister Narendra Modi had invited all heads of neighbouring countries when he took charge and even met his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif at Ufa in Russia.”India will not fire the first bullet towards Pakistan along the border,” Singh told Pakistan Rangers. The Home Minister further told the Pakistan Rangers it should ensure that no infiltration takes place from Pakistan to India.

Handwara : Two terrorists and two soldiers killed, encounter still underway

At least two soldiers and two militants were killed in an encounter at Handwara in Kupwara district of north Kashmir, army said on Friday.

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At least two soldiers and two militants were killed in an encounter at Handwara in Kupwara district of north Kashmir, army said on Friday. The encounter broke out in Laribal village of Zachaldara in Handwara, 100 kms from Srinagar, last night after security forces launched an operation, an army officer said.In the encounter jointly conducted by army and Handwara police, atleast two terrorists were gunned down. However two army jawans also lost their life in the process. They belonged to 21 Rashtriya rifles.The operation is still underway as there are reports of presence of other terrorists. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Just on Thursday, BSF and Pak Rangers had a meeting where it was decided that modalities would be sorted out to maintain peace in the border. Contrary to media speculations, Pakistan Rangers team did not raise any hostile matter and was very cordial. The IB was also at peace as no ceasefire violation was reported yesterday (Wednesday) and today (Thursday). This surprised us too,” said a source privy to the meeting to dna. With Agency inputs

India-Pakistan DG-level talks extended by a day to discuss strategies to end ceasefire violations

New Delhi: India and Pakistan on Thursday decided to devise new strategies along the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir to put an end to incidents of ceasefire violations as they began their three-day DG-level border dialogue in New Delhi.

BSF Director General DK Pathak shakes hands with Pakistan Rangers Director General (Punjab), Major General Umar Farooq Burki. PTI

BSF Director General DK Pathak shakes hands with Pakistan Rangers Director General (Punjab), Major General Umar Farooq Burki. PTI

In what can be seen as an encouraging development in bilateral talks between the two neighbours, the BSF-Pakistan Rangers meeting has been extended for a day to “discuss and finalise” these new protocols and strategies.

“The most significant takeaway of the talks has been that the two sides agreed that maintenance of peace and tranquility on this border is the most important issue and this needs to be implemented on the ground,” a top government source said.

According to the set agenda, the talks were to be wrapped up today as tomorrow the Rangers are scheduled to meet Home Minister Rajnath Singh at his South Block office and later meet staff and officials in the Pakistan High Commission.

On their last day in Delhi on 12 September, a joint record of discussions was to be signed between the two sides after which the visitors were to leave for Islamabad.

“Yes, the talks have been extended for a day and a special session will be held tomorrow to decide on protocols that will be put in place to put an end to ceasefire violations and make the Indo-Pak border tranquil,” the source said.

Border Security Force (BSF) chief DK Pathak, during a public function of central investigative agency NIA in the evening in New Delhi, told PTI that the Indian side was “happy” after the deliberations on the first day.

“I wouldn’t say anything beyond that. The talks went on in a very cordial manner and we are happy about it,” Pathak said.

Sources said the Indian side suggested that rather than debating and contesting about the past incidents, the two sides should work on a “future” strategy to make this border peaceful and safe for the troops and civilians alike.

Pakistan agreed to this point and after some more positive talks it was mutually decided that the session should be extended by a day, they said.

The Rangers, led by their DG (Punjab) Umar Farooq Burki, asked BSF to initiate the joint patrolling along some mutually identified areas on this border which was agreed by India, they said.

The sources further said the Rangers “did not bring on table” the issue of activation of the UNMOGIP (UN Military Observer Group in Indian and Pakistan).

These much-awaited talks are happening amid escalating tensions and continuing cases of ceasefire violations along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir and after over 1.5 years.

BSF also put forth its agenda points of stopping infiltration from across the border, smuggling of narcotics and construction of unauthorised defence structures by the other side on the frontier, the sources said, which was taken note by Pakistan.

The Rangers told the BSF that firing from their side had claimed the lives of their troops and civilians and this should be stopped.

Earlier, Rangers DG Maj Gen Burki was accorded a guard of honour at the border guarding forces’ headquarters here and later welcomed by Pathak and other senior officers prior to the formal commencement of the deliberations taking place after December 2013 when BSF went to Lahore.

The Pakistani delegation, which had reached Delhi last evening via Amritsar, includes officials of Sindh Rangers, the country’s interior ministry, Survey of Pakistan, anti-narcotics force and immigration department, among others.

This is the first high-level interaction between the two countries after the National Security Adviser (NSA)-level talks scheduled in Delhi on 23-24 August were cancelled due to differences over the agenda.

The issue of “no response” by the other side when BSF raises the ‘white flag’ that is used to indicate suspension of firing to allow a meeting of on-ground commanders of the two sides was also taken up and it was decided to have more channels of communication between field commanders, the sources said.

“The confidence building measures would be finalised tomorrow and jointly signed by their two DGs on September 12,” one of the sources said.

BSF is also understood to have taken up the issue of intrusion into the ‘Harami Nallah’ area in the Rann of Kutch in Gujarat, and illegal movement of suspects up to the ‘zero line’ area along the IB, at many times in the dead of the night.

“Pakistan said it is doing its best with available resources and infrastructure it has and will also improve it to keep an effective vigil on the border,” the source said.

When the other side raised the issue of air space violation, the BSF said it was not their domain as they do not have any air assets.

“Much of the talking was done by the Indian side and the Pakistani side was very receptive,” the source said.

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India wasting too much time on Pakistan, says Subramanian Swamy

Let them do whatever they are doing and we should not put our attention on it, he added.

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Thursday said India is wasting too much time on Pakistan, even as the two Director Generals of the border troops began a meeting in Delhi.We are wasting too much of time on Pakistan. Two policemen meeting, how is that of any national importance. They (Pakistan) are screaming so that we reply and they can get a status of equality, Swamy told ANI.Let them do whatever they are doing and we should not put our attention on it, he added.The DG-level talks between India?s Border Security Forces (BSF) and Pakistan’s Rangers (PR) is scheduled to take place here.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BSF Director General D.K. Pathak will meet Pakistan Rangers chief Major General Umar Farooq Burki to discuss border related issues between the two forces.

India-Pakistan begin DG-level border talks in Delhi

The Pakistani delegation, which had reached Delhi last evening via Amritsar, includes officials of Sindh Rangers, the country’s interior ministry, Survey of Pakistan, anti- narcotics force and immigration department, among others.

India and Pakistan on Thursday began a three-day DG-level border dialogue here with the host nation set to flag the “most important” issues of ceasefire violation and cross-border infiltration, weeks after parleys between the NSAs of the two countries was called off.Amidst escalating tensions and continuing cases of ceasefire violations along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir, with two fresh instances reported yesterday, a 16-member Pakistani delegation today reached the Border Security Force headquarters here for the talks that are being held between after a gap of over one-and-a-half years.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Talks between the two sides were last held in December, 2013, in Lahore.Pakistan Rangers Director General (Punjab), Maj. Gen. Umar Farooq Burki, who is leading his country’s delegation, was accorded a guard of honour at the BSF headquarters and later welcomed by BSF DG DK Pathak and other senior officers prior to the formal commencement of the deliberations.The Pakistani delegation, which had reached Delhi last evening via Amritsar, includes officials of Sindh Rangers, the country’s interior ministry, Survey of Pakistan, anti- narcotics force and immigration department, among others.Led by Pathak, the 23-member Indian side is is expected to raise issues like ceasefire violations in J-K, including sniper attacks on BSF personnel, and cross-border infiltration.It is the first high-level interaction between the two countries after the National Security Adviser (NSA)-level talks scheduled in Delhi on August 23-24 were cancelled due to differences over the agenda.According to sources here, extra stress would be laid on the “most important” issue of ceasefire violations in J-K, which have led to the loss of lives of civilians and soldiers and “unprovoked” firing by the Rangers along the International Border (IB).The issue of “no response” by the other side when BSF raises the ‘white flag’ that is used to indicate suspension of firing to allow a meeting of on-ground commanders of the two sides will also be taken up, the sources said.”The talks will also endeavour to focus on positive issues like different levels of communication, more simultaneous coordinated patrolling and other confidence-building measures,” according to a BSF statement.BSF said it will also take up the issue of intrusion into the ‘Harami Nallah’ area in the Rann of Kutch in Gujarat, smuggling of contraband from across the border and illegal movement of suspects up to the ‘zero line’ area along the IB.Meanwhile, a Punjab Rangers spokesman had said that the issue of frequent armed exchanges along the Line of Control (LoC) and Working Boundary would be on the top of the agenda for the Pakistani delegation.

Pakistan troops violate truce as Rangers arrive to talk peace

Director General Punjab (Pakistan) Major General Umar Farooq Burki with IG Border Security Force, Anil Paliwali in Attari on Wednesday

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On the day a delegation of Pakistan Rangers arrived in India to talk peace, its troops violated the ceasefire again and fired at the BSF soldiers injuring two of them, including an officer, in the Nowgam sector of the Line of Control (LoC) in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.The incident occurred at 11am on Wednesday when Pakistani troops sniped on the BSF jawans when they were on a routine patrol from Hira left post to Hira right post in the Nowgam sector.Two BSF soldiers, including a sub inspector-rank officer, were injured in the firing. The injured personnel have been identified as sub inspector Jawahar Lal Yadav and constable Rahul Yadav of 119 battalion of BSF.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”There was a ceasefire violation (from Pakistan side) in which two of our boys got injured. Both the injured troopers are stable. It was a sniper attack,” said a BSF spokesman at Srinagar.BSF soldiers immediately swung into action and retaliated aptly to silence the Pakistani guns. Intermittent firing between the two sides was going on till the reports last came in.The fresh ceasefire violation came just hours before a 16-member Pakistan delegation led by the Rangers director general (Punjab) Major General Umar Farooq Burki landed in India to hold talks with their BSF counterparts. Director general of BSF DK Pathak will lead the 23-member Indian delegation that will discuss unprovoked cross-border shelling and infiltration bids from the other side of the International Border (IB) in Jammu.Rakesh Sharma, inspector general of BSF Jammu frontier, the area that has seen heavy shelling from Pakistan in the last two years, will also be part of the Indian delegation in the meeting.”The ceasefire violation on Wednesday shows the real intentions of Pakistan. On one side they want to talk peace while on the other they try to keep the pot boiling on the borders. They cannot hoodwink the people anymore,” said an intelligence officer. The incident occurred 15 days after Pakistani army killed Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) of the army when he was guarding his picket at the Badal post along the LoC in the same sector. Official figures reveal that around 430The number of ceasefire violations occurred on the International Border in 2014 153The number of ceasefire violations reported on the LoC in 2014 8The number of soldiers, including four BSF men, who were killed in the cross border shelling. 347The number of ceasefire violations in J&K in 2013 199The number of ceasefire violations along the LoC in 2013

DG level talks between India, Pakistan today; ceasefire violations on agenda

The Director General level bi-annual meeting between India and Pakistan border guarding forces will take place in Delhi on Wednesday.

The Director General level bi-annual meeting between India and Pakistan border guarding forces will take place in Delhi on Wednesday.While the 15-member Pakistan delegation will be led by the senior Rangers Director General (Punjab) Maj Gen Umar Farooq Burki, the 23-member Indian side would be headed by BSF DG D K Pathak during the talks and expected to raise issues like ceasefire violations in Jammu and Kashmir, including sniper attacks on BSF personnel and infiltration.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Cross border firing, infiltration and smuggling are among the key issues to be discussed during the meeting.The talks will also endeavour to focus on positive issues like different levels of communication, more simultaneous coordinated patrolling and other confidence building measures.The talks between Indo-Pak border forces come after more than one-and-a-half-year. The last round was held in December 2013 in Lahore.Despite it cancelling the NSA-level talks with India which made it clear that there should not be any meeting between Kashmiri separatists and Pakistani NSA Sartaj Aziz during his visit here, Islamabad had agreed to New Delhi’s proposal on a meeting between the two border guarding forces.The Pakistani delegation is likely to stress on the activation of the UNMOGIP (UN Military Observer Group in Indian and Pakistan), they said.

Ceasefire violations, infiltration to dominate BSF-Rangers meeting

The talks between Indo-Pak border forces are being held after more than one-and-a-half-years.

People’s Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti addresses a public rally in Pulwama district of Kashmir on Tuesday

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Unprovoked cross-border shelling and infiltration attempts from the other side of the International Border (IB) in Jammu will be at the centre of talks between Border Security Force (BSF) and Pakistan Rangers in New Delhi starting Thursday. The 15-member visiting Pakistan delegation will be led by the senior Rangers director general (Punjab) Major Genera Umar Farooq Burki while director general of BSF DK Pathak will lead the 23 -member Indian side. Inspector general of BSF Jammu frontier Rakesh Sharma will also be part of Indian delegation in the meeting.”During the conference major border-related issues like unprovoked firing and infiltration bids from across the border will be discussed. Besides the matters pertaining to different types of disputes will also be discussed,” said a BSF spokesman at Jammu.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The talks between Indo-Pak border forces are being held after more than one-and-a-half-years. The last round of talks was held in Lahore in December 2013.Sources said the issue of “no response” by the other side when BSF waves the ‘white flag’, an indication to ceasefire and meeting of on-ground commanders of the two sides, will also be taken up during the talks.”The conference is being held at a very crucial juncture since for the last two years the border guarding forces have been engaged in heavy exchange of fire from time to time resulting in the heavy losses of men, material and livestock to the ether side of the border,” said the spokesman Official figures reveal that around 430 ceasefire violations occurred on the IB while 153 violations were reported on the LoC in 2014. Eight soldiers including four BSF men and four army personnel were killed in the cross border shelling. Official figures reveal there were a total of 347 ceasefire violations in Jammu and Kashmir, including 199 along the LoC in 2013.Sources said the BSF will also take up the issue of intrusion in the ‘Harami Nallah’ area of the Rann of Kutch in Gujarat, smuggling of contraband from across the border and illegal movement of suspects close to zero line along the IB in order to facilitate illegal activities. Pakistan had last month confirmed the agenda for DG-level talks which included issues like the alleged use of objectionable language by troops on the Indian side and air space violations by suspected unmanned aerial vehicles. According to Pakistan High Commission sources, serious concerns on the infiltration from the Indian side in Punjab and Rajasthan and who were involved in sabotage activities will be raised during the talks.

BSF-Pak Rangers meet from Sept 9, ceasefire violations, infiltration key agenda

The Rangers in their agenda have included issues like the alleged use of objectionable language by troops on the Indian side and air space violations by suspected Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.

The BSF will also take up the issue of intrusion in the ‘Harami Nallah’ area of the Rann of Kutch in Gujarat, smuggling of contraband from across the border and illegal movement of suspects

Ceasefire violations in Jammu and Kashmir, including sniper attacks, infiltration, intrusion in Rann of Kutch and smuggling are among the key issues India is expected to raise with Pakistan during the five-day DG level talks between their border guarding forces from September 9. A 16-member delegation headed by Pakistan Rangers Director General (Punjab) Maj Gen Umar Farooq Burki is expected to travel to Attari-Wagah border crossing in Punjab on September 8 and later fly down from Amritsar to participate in the talks here with the Border Security Force from September 9-13, officials said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Indian delegation with as many members will be led by BSF chief Devendra Kumar Pathak. The Indian agenda for the talks has put extra stress on the “most important” issue of breach of ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir which has led to loss of lives of civilians and troops and “unprovoked” firing by the Rangers along the IB, they said. The Indian side will also take up the issue of “no response” by the other side when BSF waves the ‘white flag’ which is used to indicate stopping of fire and meeting of on-ground commanders of the two sides.The BSF will also take up the issue of intrusion in the ‘Harami Nallah’ area of the Rann of Kutch in Gujarat, smuggling of contraband from across the border and illegal movement of suspects up to the zero line area along the IB in order to facilitate illegal activities. Issues of infiltration from across the border and use of sniper weapons to target troops manning border posts will also be raised. Pakistan had last month sent confirmation and agenda for these DG-level talks despite it calling off the meeting of the NSAs of the two countries a fortnight ago after India made it clear that Kashmiri separatist leaders would not be allowed to meet Pakistani NSA Sartaj Aziz during his visit here.The Rangers in their agenda have included issues like the alleged use of objectionable language by troops on the Indian side and air space violations by suspected Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. The have also listed alleged construction of defence infrastructure along the border, firing by taking aid of ‘Sarkanda’ (thick bushes), no response on Simultaneous Coordinated Patrolling (SCP) along this frontier, smuggling and apprehension and killing of civilians.The Rangers, whose delegation will not have DG from Sindh, have also alleged that the Indian side has not been responding to their request of flag meetings when they desire and have claimed use of heavy ammunition by India during cross-border firing. The decision on meeting of NSAs and heads of border guards was taken during talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif when they met in Russia’s Ufa in July.Upon their arrival in India, the Rangers delegation will be secured by an elite commando squad of the BSF, armed with sophisticated weapons and vehicles, which has been specially chosen for the task. The BSF had earlier sent an invite for DG-level talks in early 2014. The last time the two sides met was in December 2013 when a BSF delegation travelled to Lahore. Since then, the ties have been strained because of ceasefire violations along the International Border and the Line of Control and other issues. The Indian side would have officials drawn from border management division of the Home Ministry, Ministry of External Affairs, officials from states bordering the IB, sleuths of the Narcotics Control Bureau and those from the Survey of India among others.The Pakistani delegation is expected to have senior officials from its security establishment including those from the Interior Ministry

Ceasefire violations, infiltration issues to be raised during BSF-Pakistan Rangers meet

New Delhi: Repeated violation of ceasefire and frequent infiltration attempts by terrorists will be in top agenda of the meeting between heads of border guards of India and Pakistan to be held in New Delhi next week.

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Representational image. AFP

The meeting between chiefs of Border Security Force and Pakistan Rangers will be held from 9 to 13 September, a fortnight after the cancellation of NSA talks between India and Pakistan.

“The agenda for the meeting has been exchanged by the two sides. From Indian side, we will raise the issue of repeated ceasefire violation and frequent infiltration attempts by terrorists,” a senior official said.

Killings of civilians living along the border due to firing from Pakistan will be forcefully raised by the BSF. The Pakistan Rangers are also expected to raise the same issue as they have been claiming casualties in their side too.

BSF is keen to take up the issue of infiltration of terrorists from Pakistan, with the particular case being the recent one in which the infiltrators struck in Gurdaspur and Udhampur.

The Indian side will also take up the issue of smuggling of Fake Indian Currency Notes and drugs as also unauthorised construction of defence infrastructure, the official said.

Confirmation by Pakistan for the DG-level talks comes despite it calling off the NSA talks a fortnight ago after India made it clear that Kashmiri separatist leaders would not be allowed to meet Pakistani NSA Sartaj Aziz during his visit here.

The decision on meeting of NSAs and heads of border guards was taken during talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in Ufa, Russia, on 10 July.

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Pakistan shelling kills three, injures 17 in Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu: Two people were killed and 16 others were injured when Pakistani Rangers heavily shelled civilian areas and Army posts along the International Border in R S Pura and Arnia sectors of Jammu district on Friday, drawing retaliation from the BSF.

“Pakistan Rangers resorted to unprovoked firing. Initially small arms were used but later on mortars bombs were shelled on BSF posts and civilian areas in R S Pura and Arnia sectors since midnight”, a BSF spokesman said.

The firing and mortar shelling started around 0145 hours along the IB in Kishanpur, Jora Form, Jugnu Chak, Nawapind, harna, Sia, Abdullian and Chandu Chak areas, a police officer said.

The Pakistani troops fired mortar bombs and used automatic weapons in the firing. The shelling was so heavy that the shells landed deep inside villages much away from IB, he said. Deputy Commissioner Jammu, Simrandeep Singh said two persons are dead and 16 others were injured. He said there were reports that another person has also been killed in the firing.

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However, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Pawan Kotwal told PTI that three persons were killed in the firing. BSF troops guarding the border retaliated resulting in heavy exchanges which are going on when the reports last came in from the area, they said.

“Undeterred and resolute BSF troops deployed in these forward post areas gave a befitting reply and fired on the forward areas of Pakistan along the Line of Control, reportedly, causing damage to them”, the officer said.

“No damage and casualty to BSF troops on own side has been reported till the last reports came in”, he added. There have been 55 violations of the border ceasefire agreement of 2003 by Pakistan in August and over 245 ceasefire violations during the year so far.

Pakistani Rangers had pounded civilian areas and military positions along the International Border (IB) in R S pura and Arnia sectors of Jammu district on the intervening night of August 17-18, injuring a villager.

On the intervening night of August 16-17, Pakistan troops had resorted to ceasefire violations in Saujiyan and Mandi sectors of Poonch district and shelled forward posts and civilian areas with 120 mm and 82 mm mortar bombs and heavy machine guns (HMGs).

On August 16, a woman was killed and five persons were injured as Pakistani troops fired 120 mm and 82 mm mortars bombs, HMGs and RPGs on border posts and civilian areas in Poonch and Rajouri districts.

On Independence Day, six civilians, including a sarpanch were killed and five others injured in heavy firing and mortar bomb shelling by Pakistani troops at several Indian posts and civilian areas. Last month, there were 19 ceasefire violations in which four persons, including three jawans, were killed and 14 others injured.

Meanwhile, Pakistan military claimed that at least six civilians were killed and 46 others, including 22 women, were injured in alleged firing from the Indian side in the Charwa Sector near the Sialkot Working Boundary.

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Jammu and Kashmir: Three killed, 17 injured after Pakistan targets civilian areas

Jammu: Two people were killed and 16 others were injured when Pakistani Rangers heavily shelled civilian areas and Army posts along the International Border in R S Pura and Arnia sectors of Jammu district on Friday, drawing retaliation from the BSF.

“Pakistan Rangers resorted to unprovoked firing. Initially small arms were used but later on mortars bombs were shelled on BSF posts and civilian areas in R S Pura and Arnia sectors since midnight”, a BSF spokesman said.

The firing and mortar shelling started around 0145 hours along the IB in Kishanpur, Jora Form, Jugnu Chak, Nawapind, harna, Sia, Abdullian and Chandu Chak areas, a police officer said.

The Pakistani troops fired mortar bombs and used automatic weapons in the firing. The shelling was so heavy that the shells landed deep inside villages much away from IB, he said. Deputy Commissioner Jammu, Simrandeep Singh said two persons are dead and 16 others were injured. He said there were reports that another person has also been killed in the firing.

Representational image. AP.Representational image. AP.

Representational image. AP.

However, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Pawan Kotwal told PTI that three persons were killed in the firing. BSF troops guarding the border retaliated resulting in heavy exchanges which are going on when the reports last came in from the area, they said.

“Undeterred and resolute BSF troops deployed in these forward post areas gave a befitting reply and fired on the forward areas of Pakistan along the Line of Control, reportedly, causing damage to them”, the officer said.

“No damage and casualty to BSF troops on own side has been reported till the last reports came in”, he added. There have been 55 violations of the border ceasefire agreement of 2003 by Pakistan in August and over 245 ceasefire violations during the year so far.

Pakistani Rangers had pounded civilian areas and military positions along the International Border (IB) in R S pura and Arnia sectors of Jammu district on the intervening night of August 17-18, injuring a villager.

On the intervening night of August 16-17, Pakistan troops had resorted to ceasefire violations in Saujiyan and Mandi sectors of Poonch district and shelled forward posts and civilian areas with 120 mm and 82 mm mortar bombs and heavy machine guns (HMGs).

On August 16, a woman was killed and five persons were injured as Pakistani troops fired 120 mm and 82 mm mortars bombs, HMGs and RPGs on border posts and civilian areas in Poonch and Rajouri districts.

On Independence Day, six civilians, including a sarpanch were killed and five others injured in heavy firing and mortar bomb shelling by Pakistani troops at several Indian posts and civilian areas. Last month, there were 19 ceasefire violations in which four persons, including three jawans, were killed and 14 others injured.

Meanwhile, Pakistan military claimed that at least six civilians were killed and 46 others, including 22 women, were injured in alleged firing from the Indian side in the Charwa Sector near the Sialkot Working Boundary.

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Three civilians killed, several injured after firing by Pakistan forces in Jammu and Kashmir

Three civilians were killed and nine injured on Friday in heavy and indiscriminate shelling by Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir, police said. However, TV channels are reporting that the number of injured may rise.

Subhash Chander, 45, and Bimla Devi, 42, both residents of Sai Khurd village, and Pawan Kumar, 55, who lived in Abdullian village, were killed, reports IANS

Injured persons being taken for treatment. Image courtesy: ANIInjured persons being taken for treatment. Image courtesy: ANI

Injured persons being taken for treatment. Image courtesy: ANI

Pakistani troops launched an attack with heavy mortar shelling in border outposts in both the sectors, NDTV reported.

“Pakistan Rangers resorted to shelling and firing at 1 am and our side has appropriately retaliated,” a senior police officer told IANS.

DNA reports that the firing had started at about 10 pm on Thursday night and ended in the early hours of Friday morning at around 3:30 am.

This latest violation of ceasefire by Pakistan comes days before the meeting between the Director Generals of Pakistan Rangers and Border Security Force is set to take place in New Delhi on 6 September.

On 25 August, an Indian soldier was killed in unprovoked firing in the Nowgam sector. This was said to have been the first major violation after the cancellation of the NSA-level talks.

On Independence day, a ceasefire violation by Pakistan had killed three persons and injured five persons in Poonch.

According to the NDTV report, so far in 2015 there have been more than 245 violations this year and 51 ceasefire violations in August.

With inputs from IANS

No proposal for PMs Nawaz Sharif and Modi to meet in New York: Pakistan

To a question about re-scheduling the NSA-level talks, he said it is for India to indicate its position over the talks.

PM Modi and Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif at Ufa, Russia.
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Pakistan on Thursday said that so far there was no proposal for a meeting between Prime Ministers of Pakistan and India in New York on the sidelines of the annual session of the United Nations next month.”There is no such proposal on the table,” said Foreign Office spokesman Qazi Khalilullah. Khalilullah, however, confirmed to reporters that a meeting between the chiefs of Pakistan’s paramilitary Rangers and India’s Border Security Force will take place in New Delhi next month.”Rangers and BSF officials have met in the past as well. They will be meeting again next month to discuss ceasefire violations at the LoC and the Working Boundary,” he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Over the weekend, India-Pakistan ties hit a new low after Islamabad decided against sending National Security Adviser Sartaj Aziz to New Delhi to hold discussions with his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval. The proposed talks were called off because of differences over the agenda proposed by Islamabad, and a planned meeting between Kashmiri separatists and Aziz.The decisions on the meetings between the NSAs and the heads of border guards were taken during talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in Ufa, Russia. He said Pakistan has already briefed senior UN officials “about the circumstances under which it was not possible to hold the meeting of the NSAs of Pakistan and India.” Khalilullah said Pakistan would keep the UN informed about all issues of concern with India.To a question about re-scheduling the NSA-level talks, he said it is for India to indicate its position over the talks.”As far as Pakistan is concerned, we had very clearly stated that preconditions for talks were not acceptable,” he said.On reports of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s presence in Pakistan, Khalilullah said Pakistan’s consistent position on Dawood has been that he is not in Pakistan.”In this regard, I would like to draw your attention to a statement by Indian Minister of State for Home Affairs given in the Parliament a few months ago that whereabouts of Dawood Ibrahim were not known. His statement vindicated our position,” he said.When asked if Pakistan plans to raise the Kashmir issue and India’s involvement in Pakistan, during Sharif’s address to the UNGA, he said such speech always contains a reference to Kashmir as an outstanding dispute, that need to be settled peacefully through dialogue. He said that composition of a Committee for Constitutional reforms in Gilgit-Baltistan is under consideration. It will be headed by Aziz.

Indo-Pak talks: Heads of BSF and Pakistan Rangers to meet on September 9

Confirmation by Pakistan for the DG-level talks comes despite it calling off the NSA talks last week after India made it clear that Kashmiri separatist leaders would not be allowed to meet Pakistani NSA Sartaj Aziz during his visit here.
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Notwithstanding the cancellation of NSA talks, heads of border guards of India and Pakistan will meet in New Delhi from September 9 to discuss ways to have peace on the frontier which has been volatile over the last several months. Pakistan has confirmed the dates for the meeting between DG BSF and DG Pakistan Rangers even though it has pulled out of an international meet on drugs and narcotics slated for next month, official sources said on Wednesday. The DG-level talks will take place from September 9 to 13 in New Delhi, the sources said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The sources said BSF and Pakistan Rangers have handed over to each other the agenda papers, in which both want to discuss the issue of repeated ceasefire violations. BSF is keen to take up the issue of infiltration of terrorists from Pakistan, with the particular case being the recent one in which the infiltrators struck in Gurdaspur and Udhampur, the sources said. The Indian border guards also want to take up the issue of smuggling of Fake Indian Currency Notes and drugs as also unauthorised construction of defence infrastructure, they said.Confirmation by Pakistan for the DG-level talks comes despite it calling off the NSA talks last week after India made it clear that Kashmiri separatist leaders would not be allowed to meet Pakistani NSA Sartaj Aziz during his visit to New Delhi. The decision on meeting of NSAs and heads of border guards was taken during talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in Ufa, Russia, on July 10.Meanwhile, Pakistan has backed out of a meeting on drug abuse and smuggling in Asia-Pacific region which was expected to take place next month. The sources said Pakistan has expressed regret that it would not be attending the meeting to be held here in which South Asian countries of ‘Colombo Plan’ were to participate.The ‘Colombo Plan’ was formed in 1951 at the Commonwealth Conference on Foreign Affairs with an aim of bringing about Cooperative Economic and Social Development in Asia and the Pacific regions. It has 27 member countries at present including the US, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Australia, Iran, and Saudi Arabia.Pakistan’s absence at the conference is seen as a setback since the country is one of the sources and important route of drug smuggling into Central Asia and Europe, the sources said.

BSF, Pakistan Rangers officials may meet next month in New Delhi

The preparations for the meeting are already underway and the two sides are in contact, the Express Tribune reported

Border security officials of India and Pakistan are expected to meet in New Delhi next month for their bi-annual meeting, the first high-level interaction between the two sides after the cancellation of NSA-level talks, a media report said on Wednew.The preparations for the meeting are already underway and the two sides are in contact, the Express Tribune reported. “As per border ground rules 1961, a routine, biannual meeting of IG Border Security Force (BSF) and DG Pakistan Rangers is scheduled at New Delhi from September 9 to September 13,” an official of Rangers said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”To coordinate the modalities of the September meeting, a prior meeting was held on Tuesday between representatives of Rangers and BSF at Wagah border,” he said. The meeting will be the first high-level interaction between the two sides after the cancellation of meeting between the National Security Advisors on August 22.Separate meetings between Director General Military Operations (DGMOs) and heads of Rangers and BSF were part of the understanding reached between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif during their meeting in the Russian city of Ufa last month.

Rajnath Singh meets Manohar Parrikar, Ajit Doval, RSS leaders

Meeting came against the backdrop of the raging ‘One Rank One Pension’ (OROP) row, Indo-Pak border tensions

Meeting came against the backdrop of the raging ‘One Rank One Pension’ (OROP) row, Indo-Pak border tensions

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A high-level dinner meeting was on Tuesday held at Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s house which was attended by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, NSA Ajit Doval and senior RSS leaders. There was no official word on the nearly two-hour long meeting which came against the backdrop of the raging ‘One Rank One Pension’ (OROP) row, Indo-Pak border tensions and talks between the BSF and the Pakistan Rangers due early next month. Meanwhile, a group of protesting ex-servicemen met Army Chief Dalbir Singh Suhag at his South Block office over the OROP issue. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Pakistan violates ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir, no casualty reported

Jammu: After a lull of few days, Pakistani troops again pounded civilian areas as also the military positions in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir but no casualty was reported in the latest incident of ceasefire violation.

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Representational image. PTI

Pakistani troops targeted the forward areas using 60 mm mortar bombs and automatic weapons in Balakote area for about 20 minutes last evening, a defence spokesman said on Monday.

Army troops guarding the border responded effectively and appropriately, the spokesman said.

There was no report of any casualty in the incident.

The fresh ceasefire violation has occurred after a few days of lull along LoC in Poonch district.

On 19 August, Pakistan Rangers resorted to three rounds of firing on a BoP along IB in Samba sector at around 10.30 pm without any casualty or injury to anyone.

There have been 52 violations of the border ceasefire agreement of 2003 by Pakistan in August and over 245 ceasefire violations this year so far.

The latest incident came a day after Pakistan called off the NSA talks with India during which the issue of terrorism was to be discussed as per the understanding reached in Ufa, Russia, between Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif.

In Ufa, the two countries had also agreed that heads of border guards – BSF and Pakistan Rangers – would meet soon to discuss how to bring peace on the border.

There is still uncertainty on this meeting.

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Indo-Pak DGMOs meeting will go ahead as planned, Sartaj Aziz

Holding India squarely responsible for the cancellation of the NSA talks, Aziz dubbed New Delhi’s stand of discussing only terror as a “unilateral decision” and harped that the Ufa objective was to reduce tension for which there was a need to discuss Kashmir.
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A day after calling off Indo-Pak NSA-level talks, Pakistan today said the meetings between the DGMOs of the two countries and representatives of Pakistan Rangers and BSF will go ahead as agreed in Ufa.”Yes, Rangers and BSF are going ahead…DGMOs will also talk, but it requires mechanism which goes beyond and suggestions have been made to make sure that some reduction in tension takes place,” Pakistan’s National Security Advisor Sartaj Aziz said.”I think Pakistan Rangers-BSF (meeting)…is confirmed for 6th (September). Directors General of Military Operations (DGMOs) can meet anywhere, they can agree among themselves, whenever they want to meet,” Aziz told CNN-IBN when asked about the dates for the meetings.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Holding India squarely responsible for the cancellation of the NSA talks, Aziz dubbed New Delhi’s stand of discussing only terror as a “unilateral decision” and harped that the Ufa objective was to reduce tension for which there was a need to discuss Kashmir.Aziz said the agreement reached in Ufa between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi was interpreted differently by both the countries.”We wanted modalities of Kashmir to be discussed. Holding talks on Kashmir will reduce tension. Ufa objective was to reduce tension, so we need to discuss Kashmir, not terror.” Aziz also said Pakistan will not propose talks in New York when leaders of the two countries will be present next month for multilateral summits and insisted that it is up to India to do so.Talking about underworld don and most wanted terrorist Dawood Ibrahim who is hiding in Pakistan, Aziz said India has not given any official proof. Pakistan last night called off the NSA-level talks, hours after India made it clear that discussions on Kashmir and a meeting with Hurriyat separatists will not be acceptable to it.Talking about the decision, Aziz said, “Every time there is a small incident, you cannot postpone the discussion indefinitely by saying terror still continues, who decides?” “In the past when terror could be discussed along with the other (issues)…why this unilateral decision that now only terror will be discussed and nothing else. So I think insistence on narrow definition…was obviously meant to sort of avoid discussion,” he said.Insisting that Kashmir issue needs to be discussed, Aziz said, “I think this is very unfortunate because the dialogue between the two countries at some level was beginning and to loose that window of opportunity is rather unfortunate.”

Pakistan has violated the UFA agreement, says Sushma Swaraj

She further added that in the Ufa declaration, there was no reference to Kashmir and hence it will not be one of the topics discussed.
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Addressing a press conference on Saturday, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that India will stick to the issue of terror only and Kashmir issue will be discussed only later. Swaraj said, “Not all interactions between India and Pakistan can be considered ‘dialogue’. At Ufa, PM Narendra Modi and Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif had agreed upon discussing terrorism and maintaining peace on the border. “She further added that at Ufa three meetings were decided. One was between DG BSF anf Pakistan Rangers for peace at the border, the other was of DGMOs for ceasefire violations. The third meeting was the NSA level talks on terror. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”India has always maintained that there will be no third party in Indo-Pak talks. Hurriyat cannot be a party. Sartaj Aziz should come if he agrees with India on the conditions made by us. India is not putting any pre-conditions. Only reminding there will be no talks on Kashmir now. It will be only on terror,” Swaraj said. She further added that in the Ufa declaration, there was no reference to Kashmir and hence it will not be one of the topics discussed. She urged that Pakistan respected the Simla pact and Ufa discussions. Swaraj also said that Pakistan has time till midnight to assure India that the talks will be on terror. If that doesn’t happen, then there will be no talks between the two countries. “No NSA talks doesn’t mean India and Pakistan dialogue will cease forever. Pakistan needs to understand what we are saying,” she said.

Pakistan continues shelling LoC villages in Poonch and Jammu, 1 civilian injured

Jammu: A villager was injured as Pakistani Army violated the ceasefire four times overnight by pounding civilian hamlets and posts with 120 mm and 82 mm mortar bombs along the IB and LoC in Jammu and Poonch districts, drawing retaliation from the Army and BSF.

This is the 10th consecutive day that Pakistan has violated the ceasefire.There have been 45 violations of the 2003 ceasefire accord in August and over 240 ceasefire violations along the Indo-Pak border this year.

“There was unprovoked firing of small arms and mortar bombs by Pakistan Rangers from 2200 hours last night on five Border Out Posts (BoPs) along the International Border (IB) in Arnia and R S Pura sectors intermittently”, a BSF spokesman said on Tuesday.

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The firing continued during the night in Arnia and R S Pura Sector intermittently, he said, adding that five BSF outposts in the area were targeted.

“Earlier, the fire was with smalls arms. Later, 82 mortar bombs were also fired by the Rangers. When left with no option, BSF troops retaliated the fire befittingly”, the spokesman said.

“The firing and shelling continued till 0500 hours this morning. No loss of men and material has been reported so far from BSF”, he said.

However, a civilian identified as 38-year-old Subhash Chander sustained a bullet injury on his foot at Sai Khurdin in Arnia sector. He is being treated at Government Sub-District Hospital in R S Pura, he said. PRO, Defence, Jammu, Col Manish Mehta said today that “Pakistan troops resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violations in Poonch sector and Balakote overnight and shelled forward posts and civilian areas with 120 mm and 82 mm mortar bombs…There were unprovoked violations by the  Pakistan army in Poonch sector using 82mm mortars from 0045 hours to 0330 hours. The ceasefire violation, which commenced in Balakot sector last evening at 1900 hours, continued till midnight using 120 mm mortar bombs”

“We retaliated at both places effectively. There was no casualty to our troops till last reports came in”, he said.

On the intervening night of August 16-17, Pakistan troops had resorted to ceasefire violations in Saujiyan and Mandi sectors of Poonch district and shelled forward posts and civilian areas with 120 mm and 82 mm mortar bombs and heavy machine guns (HMGs).

Pakistan troops had also shelled Balakote sector on Monday. On August 16, a woman was killed and five persons were injured as Pakistani troops fired 120 mm and 82 mm mortars bombs, HMGs and RPGs on border posts and civilian areas in Poonch and Rajouri districts.

The repeated ceasefire violations have claimed six lives in two days from August 15-16, drawing strong protests from India. There have been repeated ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the over 110 kms long borderline in Poonch, Sujiyan, Balakote, Hamirpur, Mandi sectors in Poonch district and Manjakote sector in Rajouri district between August 15 and 16.

On Independence Day, five civilians, including a sarpanch were killed and five others injured in heavy firing and mortar bomb shelling by Pakistani troops at several Indian posts and civilian areas.

Last month, there were 19 ceasefire violations in which four persons, including three jawans, were killed and 14 others injured.

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BSF celebrates Independence Day, but no exchange of sweets with Pakistan

As per past practice, each year, the BSF has been accepting sweets from Pakistan on August 14, the neighbouring country’s Independence Day and offering sweets to them on India’s Independence Day on August 15.

Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers dance during Independence Day celebrations at the India-Pakistan joint check post at the Wagah border on the outskirts of Amritsar.

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The Border Security Force (BSF) on Saturday celebrated Independence Day in Amritsar but there was no ceremonial exchange of sweets with the Pakistani Rangers. BSF DIG Mohd M F Farooqi took part in an event organised on the occasion of 69th Independence Day at Attari where the tricolour was hoisted. Functions were held by the BSF at various border out posts along Punjab’s 553-km long International Border with Pakistan.No exchange of sweets took place between the BSF and the Pakistani Rangers at the Attari-Wagah joint check post, a BSF officer said. BSF IG, Anil Paliwal had announced earlier that the BSF will neither be offering nor accepting sweets from its counterpart this year. His announcement came in the wake of two recent terror attacks in Dinanagar town in Gurdaspur, Punjab and Udhampur in Jammu and Kashmir.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As per past practice, each year, the BSF has been accepting sweets from Pakistan on August 14, the neighbouring country’s Independence Day and offering sweets to them on India’s Independence Day on August 15. Meanwhile, the Indian Customs officials accepted sweets from their Pakistani counterparts on Friday and offered them sweets on Saturday, a Customs official said on condition of anonymity.

No exchange of sweets between BSF, Pak Rangers on Independence Day as tension escalates

New Delhi: No ceremonial exchange of sweets and gifts will take place between BSF and Pak Rangers during the Independence day celebrations on both the sides, in the wake of recent ceasefire violations and cross-border terror bids from the Pakistan side.

The Border Security Force headquarters in New Delhi has communicated the decision in this regard to their formations in the western sector of the country where its troops guard the International Border (IB) with Pakistan along Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir independently.

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File photo of a Pakistani Ranger (R) and an Indian BSF officer shaking hands during the daily parade at the Pakistan-India joint check-post at Wagah border. Reuters

At the Line of Control, the BSF is deployed under the command of the Army.

“Neither sweets nor gifts will be offered or taken on 14 August, Pakistan’s Independence Day and on 15 August, the day when India got freedom in 1947. The decision has been communicated to field formations,” a senior BSF officer said.

The souring of ties and customary courtesies between the two countries was recently seen when Pakistan refused a similar Indian gesture during Eid festivities last month.

Border guarding forces of the two countries have been following a tradition of exchanging sweets on national festivals and other events at the IB in Jammu and along the Attari-Wagah border in Amritsar in Punjab and few other locations in Rajasthan and Gujarat.

In the wake of repeated ceasefire violations by Pakistani Rangers, India has warned Pakistan of “effective and forceful” response to unprovoked firing and cross-border terrorism.

The latest development comes in the backdrop of two terror incidents in Gurdaspur in Punjab and Udhampur in Jammu and Kashmir, where it is believed that militants crossed over to this side from across the border to perpetrate violence.

There have been 19 ceasefire violations along the Indo-Pak border in the month of July only in which four persons, including three troops, have been killed and 14 others injured.

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Indepandence Day: No exchange of traditional sweets between BSF, Rangers

“Neither sweets nor gifts will be offered or taken on August 14, Pakistan’s Independence Day and on August 15,” BSF officer said.

No ceremonial exchange of sweets and gifts will take place between BSF and Pak Rangers on I-Day

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No ceremonial exchange of sweets and gifts will take place between BSF and Pak Rangers during the Independence day celebrations on both the sides, in the wake of recent ceasefire violations and cross-border terror bids from the Pakistan side. The Border Security Force headquarters here has communicated the decision in this regard to their formations in the western sector of the country where its troops guard the International Border (IB) with Pakistan along Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir independently. At the Line of Control, the BSF is deployed under the command of the Army.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Neither sweets nor gifts will be offered or taken on August 14, Pakistan’s Independence Day and on August 15, the day when India got freedom in 1947. The decision has been communicated to field formations,” a senior BSF officer said.The souring of ties and customary courtesies between the two countries was recently seen when Pakistan refused a similar Indian gesture during Eid festivities last month. Border guarding forces of the two countries have been following a tradition of exchanging sweets on national festivals and other events at the IB in Jammu and along the Attari-Wagah border in Amritsar in Punjab and few other locations in Rajasthan and Gujarat. In the wake of repeated ceasefire violations by Pakistani Rangers, India has warned Pakistan of “effective and forceful” response to unprovoked firing and cross-border terrorism.The latest development comes in the backdrop of two terror incidents in Gurdaspur in Punjab and Udhampur in Jammu and Kashmir, where it is believed that militants crossed over to this side from across the border to perpetrate violence. There have been 19 ceasefire violations along the Indo-Pak border in the month of July only in which four persons, including three troops, have been killed and 14 others injured.

Govt completing all formalities to bring back deaf-mute Indian woman Gita: Sushma Swaraj

Gita, 23, is believed to have mistakenly crossed into Pakistani territory as a child. She was 7-8 years old when she was found by the Pakistan Rangers 15 years ago from Lahore railway station, according to reports from Pakistan.

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday said government was completing all necessary formalities to bring back Gita, the deaf and mute Indian woman stuck in Pakistan for more than a decade after losing contact with her family. She said in the last few days, four families from Punjab, Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh have claimed Gita, who is in Karachi, to be their daughter. “We are completing the necessary formalities to bring Gita back to India,” Swaraj said in a tweet adding “I am requesting the Chief Ministers of these states to verify and report.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Indian High Commissioner in Pakistan TCA Raghavan and his wife on Tuesday had met Gita following a direction from Swaraj and assured her of locating her family as soon as possible. “Gita conveyed to Indian High Commissioner by gestures that they are seven brothers and sisters. “She also conveyed that she had visited a temple with her father. Then she wrote down ‘Vaishno Devi’,” Swaraj said.The External Affairs Minister also retweeted a drawing posted on tweeter by one Yusra Askari with a caption “Geeta’s drawing of home – number 193, that as per her is located near a fish pond, paddy fields and a maternity home.” “This should further help in locating Gita’s family,” Swaraj said.Gita, 23, is believed to have mistakenly crossed into Pakistani territory as a child. She was 7-8 years old when she was found by the Pakistan Rangers 15 years ago from Lahore railway station, according to reports from Pakistan.Salman Khan’s recent hit movie “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” is about a mute Pakistani girl who was reunited with her family after she lost contact with her mother while visiting India. Gita’s story found way to media after the Salman starer blockbuster. Pakistan’s human rights activist Ansar Burney had also raised Gita’s ordeal.

Bajrangi Bhaijaan moment? Now, UP couple claims Indian girl in Pakistan is their daughter

Lucknow: A couple from a village in Uttar Pradesh’s Pratapgarh district has claimed that the deaf and mute Indian girl stuck in Pakistan for about 14 years is their daughter.

According to Anara Devi and her husband Ramraj Gautam of Thammohan village under Maheshganj police station here, the girl, addressed as Geeta in Pakistan, is their daughter Savita who went missing since 2004, IG Law and order A Satish Ganesh said here.

Devi claimed she had left the then four-year-old daughter with her brother Narain Das in Chhapra district of Bihar in 2004, the IG said.

She said that a few days later, Savita went missing and a report was also lodged with the police station concerned, Ganesh said.

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The girl, who is now 23-year-old, started living in Karachi after all efforts to trace her family in India remained unsuccessful. The Punjab Rangers brought her to the Edhi Foundation some 14 years ago.

Devi claimed that she first recognised the girl on news channels, which showed her being looked after by a social welfare group in Pakistan, and approached the Maheshganj police station. She also informed the Pratapgarh DM and SP about it, he said.

The district administration has been asked to verify the claims of the woman and get in touch with the police in Chhapra to check if the missing complaint was lodged with them, the IG said.

The Pratapgarh family, however, is not the first family to claim Geeta as their daughter.

The news channels have been showing the story of Geeta drawing a similarity with the reel life character ‘Munni’ of  the Bollywood blockbuster Bajrangi Bhaijaan.

Meanwhile, foreign minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted this morning that Geeta is currently  in Karachi and that during the last few days four families from Punjab, Bihar, Jharkhand and UP have claimed Gita as their daughter.

Woman injured in Pakistan firing along LoC in Poonch

A youth was killed and two others were injured, including a BSF jawan, when Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire by resorting to firing and mortar shelling on border out posts and hamlets along the IB in 4 sectors of Kanachak, Pargwal, Tawi and R S Pura in Jammu district yesterday.

Violating the ceasefire for the eleventh time this month, Pakistani troops resorted to heavy firing and mortar shelling on forward posts and hamlets along the LoC in Poonch district, leaving a woman injured.”Pakistani troops have violated the ceasefire and resorted to unprovoked firing of small arms and mortar shells on forward areas along the LoC in Sabzian sector of Poonch from 0125 hours”, a Defence Spokesman said.They fired 81 mm mortars and from other automatic weapons on forward posts and hamlets.Army troops guarding the border retaliated resulting in exchanges which ended around 0300 hours, the spokesman said, adding a woman identified as Naseema was injured and has been hospitalised.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With today’s ceasefire violations, there have been 11 ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops in August.A youth was killed and two others were injured, including a BSF jawan, when Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire by resorting to firing and mortar shelling on border out posts and hamlets along the IB in 4 sectors of Kanachak, Pargwal, Tawi and R S Pura in Jammu district yesterday.On August 2 and 3, Pakistani troops had violated the ceasefire four times by resorting to small arms firing in forward posts along LoC in Krishnagati, Mandi, Balakote and Pallanwala sectors of Poonch and Jammu districts.There were two ceasefire violations on August one.Pakistani Rangers had resorted to firing of mortar bombs on border out posts along the International Border in R S Pura sector in Jammu district on Saturday night.There have been 18 ceasefire violations along the Indo-Pak border in July in which four persons, including three jawans, were killed and 14 others injured.

Overnight exchange of fire along LoC

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Indian and Pakistani troops exchanged heavy fire overnight after Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire in four sectors along the LoC and opened fire on several forward posts in Jammu and Poonch districts.Army troops guarding the LoC retaliated, resulting in exchange of fire. “Pakistani troops continued small arms firing throughout the night on forward posts along the LoC in Krishnagati, Balakote, Sabzian-Mandi and Pallanwala sectors and exchanges took place”, a senior Army officer said. The firing stopped at 0300 hours, he said, adding there was no loss of life or injury to anyone in the firing.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked small arms firing in forward posts along the LoC in Krishnagati, Mandi, Balakote and Pallanwala sectors since 2130 hours last night”, a Defence Spokesman said.While Krishnagati, Balakote and Sabzia-Mandi sectors fall in Poonch district, Pallanwala sector is in Jammu district. There have been two ceasefire violations on August one.Pakistani Rangers had resorted to firing of mortar bombs on border out posts along the International Border in R S Pura sector in Jammu district on Saturday night. Pakistani Rangers also violated the ceasefire by resorting to small arms firing and mortar shelling on 3 BoPs along the IB in Akhnoor sector in Jammu district yesterday. There have been 18 ceasefire violations along the Indo-Pak border in July in which four persons, including three jawans, were killed and 14 others injured.

Pakistan violates ceasefire along LoC, alleges Indian Army

Jammu: In yet another ceasefire violation, Pakistani troops on Sunday night opened unprovoked firing on several forward posts in Jammu, Rajouri and Poonch districts of Jammu and Kashmir, prompting the Indian army to retaliate.

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“Pakistani troops have been resorting to unprovoked small arms firing in forward posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Krishnagati, Mandi, Balakote and Pallanwala sectors since 2130 hours,” a defence spokesman told PTI.

While Krishnagati and Mandi sectors fall in Poonch, Balakote and Pallanwala are in Rajouri and Jammu respectively. Army troops guarding the LoC took positions and retaliated effectively resulting in exchange of firing, which was still going on when last reports came in, the spokesperson said, adding, there has been no loss of life so far.

Pakistani rangers had last night resorted to firing of mortar bombs on border out-posts along the International Border in Jammu district.

“Pakistan Rangers resorted to firing of two mortar bombs on BoPs along the IB in R S Pura sector around 10.40 PM last night,” a senior BSF officer had said earlier in the day.

BSF troops guarding the borderline had observed calm by not retaliating to last night’s ceasefire violation.

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Pakistan violates ceasefire again, army fire at Indian posts in Jammu

Jammu: Pakistan Rangers on Sunday fired at Indian positions on the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir, police said.

“Pakistan Rangers resorted to unprovoked firing at BSF (Border Security Force) outposts in Kotranka area of RS Pura sector,” a police officer told IANS.

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The firing began at 1.30 am. The BSF retaliated effectively.

“Intermittent firing exchanges continued in the area till 2.30 am.”

The officer said no casualty or damage has been reported from the Indian side.

Pakistan troops have violated the bilateral ceasefire agreement over a dozen times during the last seven days on the border, causing panic among thousands of villagers in Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts.

These border residents have been forced to abandon their homes and agricultural fields for fear of life.

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Pakistan Rangers violate ceasefire in Akhnoor sector

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Pakistani Rangers on Saturday violated the ceasefire by resorting to small arms firing and mortar shelling on border out posts along the International Border in Jammu district, drawing retaliation from the BSF.Three border out posts (BOPs) of BSF were targeted in the firing. A BSF spokesman said, “Pakistan Rangers resorted to unprovoked firing by small arms and few mortar shells on BoPs along IB in Akhnoor sector around 1040 hours”. BSF troops guarding the borderline also retaliated and the exchanges continued till 1140 hours, he said. “There was no loss of life or injury to anyone in the Pakistani firing”, he said. Pakistani troops had violated the ceasefire four time on 29 and 30 of July along the LoC.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There have been three incidents of sniper attacks by Pakistani troops along the LoC in July. An Army jawan was killed in Poonch and two BSF jawans were killed in similar incidents along the LoC in Kashmir Valley. There have been 18 ceasefire violations along the Indo-Pak border in July in which four persons, including three jawans, were killed and 14 others injured.

Pakistan violates ceasefire along International Border near Arnia sector in Jammu  

Jammu: In fresh ceasefire violation, Pakistan Rangers on Monday targeted border outposts in Jammu district of J&K. Pakistan Rangers resorted to small arms firing on BoPs along IB in Arnia sector of Jammu district, a BSF officer said.

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There was no loss of life or injury to anyone in the firing, he said. BSF troops exercised restraint and did not reply to the firing, he said.

There have been over 13 ceasefire violations by Pakistan along Indo-Pak border in July this year in which one woman was killed and 12 people were injured.

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Pakistan violates ceasefire in Jammu

Pakistan Rangers resorted to small arms firing on BoPs along IB in Arnia sector of Jammu district, a BSF officer said.

In fresh ceasefire violation, Pakistan Rangers on Monday targeted border outposts in Jammu district of J&K.Pakistan Rangers resorted to small arms firing on BoPs along IB in Arnia sector of Jammu district, a BSF officer said. There was no loss of life or injury to anyone in the firing, he said.BSF troops exercised restraint and did not reply to the firing, he said. There have been over 13 ceasefire violations by Pakistan along Indo-Pak border in July this year in which one woman was killed and 12 people were injured. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Pakistani Rangers refused sweets due to pressure from Army, claims expert

Amid escalating hostilities between India and Pakistan over ceasefire violations in the last few days, the two neighbours skipped their traditional exchange of sweets on Eid-ul-Fitr.
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Security expert Praful Bakshi on Saturday said the Pakistan Rangers refused to exchange the traditional offering of sweets on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr as they were under pressure from the country’s army. “The reason why Pakistan Rangers did not accept sweets is because they are under pressure from the Pakistan Army. Let me be very clear on this, not the Pakistan Government but the Pakistan Army. The people of Pakistan want what the Pakistan Government had discussed with our Prime Minister about closeness and rapprochement, but the Pakistan Army doesn’t want that,” Bakshi told ANI.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> “Because if the Pakistan Army begins to want the same, then their own importance will start reducing and they don’t want that. If this closeness happens, they will no longer remain in power. They know they have other benefits if they remain in power, so this is the reason they denied the exchange of sweets,” he added. Amid escalating hostilities between India and Pakistan over ceasefire violations in the last few days, the two neighbours skipped their traditional exchange of sweets on Eid-ul-Fitr across the Wagah-Attari border. The BSF and the Pakistan Rangers have been following a tradition of exchanging sweets on festivals at the International Border in Jammu and along the Attari-Wagah border in Amritsar in Punjab. Also Read: Pakistani Rangers refuse to accept sweets from India’s BSF on Eid

Pakistani Rangers refuse to accept sweets from India’s BSF on Eid

Meawhile, the BSF did not offer any sweets to their counterparts along the International Board as a mark of protest against the ongoing spate of ceasefire violations along this frontier and also the Line of Control (LoC).

Amid the prevailing tension between India and Pakistan over ceasefire violations along their border, Pakistani Rangers today refused to accept the sweets offered by the BSF on the occasion of Eid.Border guarding forces of the two countries have been following a tradition of exchanging sweets on festivals at the International Border in Jammu and along the Attari-Wagah border in Amritsar in Punjab.Border Security Force (BSF) Deputy Inspector General in Amritsar, MF Farooqui, told reporters that their gesture of giving sweets on the occasion of Eid was not reciprocated from the other side along the Attari-Wagah border.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”We give sweets on Eid every time. The Rangers have not accepted it today. We always want to maintain peace and tranquillity on the border,” he said.However, the BSF did not offer any sweets to their counterparts along the IB. A senior BSF commander at its headquarters in Delhi told PTI that the force did not “offer” Eid sweets along the IB to Rangers as a mark of protest against the ongoing spate of ceasefire violations along this frontier and also the Line of Control (LoC) which have claimed few lives and injured many in the last few days.In the wake of repeated ceasefire violations by Pakistani Rangers, India has warned Pakistan of “effective and forceful” response to unprovoked firing and cross-border terrorism.

Pakistan violates ceasefire again, Indian troops retaliate

Violating the ceasefire again, Pakistani troops targeted several Indian positions in Naushera sector of Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistani Army started “unprovoked” firing on Indian positions at 9:25 last night and the firing lasted till 11:45 PM, a defence spokesman said.

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Violating the ceasefire again, Pakistani troops targeted several Indian positions in Naushera sector of Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistani Army started “unprovoked” firing on Indian positions at 9:25 last night and the firing lasted till 11:45 PM, a defence spokesman said. “Our troops effectively retaliated to the unprovoked firing from across the border,” the spokesman said. He said no loss of life or injury was reported from the Indian side when the reports last came in. There has seen a sudden spurt of ceasefire violations from across the border this month.A woman was killed and six others, including two BSF jawans, were injured on July 15 in firing and mortar shelling in Jammu district by Pakistan Rangers. On July 9, Pakistani troops had fired at a forward border post in North Kashmir killing a BSF jawan. On July 5, a BSF jawan was killed in Pakistani firing along LoC in Nougam sector in Kashmir Valley. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

3 civilians, 2 BSF men dead in Pak firing ahead of PM’s J&K visit: 10 key facts

In a heavy firing exchange between Indian and Pakistani troops on Thursday, four civilians and two armed personnel are said to have been killed on the Indian side. India has lodged a protest with Pakistan over the firing.

It all began around 8.50 am when the Rangers opened sniper fire and injured a border guard in Pargwal sector. When a bulletproof vehicle was rushed to the site to evacuate him, they opened heavy machine gun fire on the vehicle.

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Earlier this month too, India had alleged a ceasefire violation in Baramulla sector on July 9. This was just before bilateral talks between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif.

Here are the important news events related to the issue-

1) Five border outposts and some civilian areas have been targeted by the Pakistani armed forces. These outposts are in RS Pura and Tawi forward belts of Jammu district.

2) The first incident on July 15 involved an attack on civilians in Akhnoor sector, in which one woman died and three were injured. This was after mortar shelling in the area. The woman who died was identified as Poli Devi.

3) The 21 Chenab Rangers (Pakistan) unit was said to have done the shelling, after which they also fired sniper rounds at the Border Security Force (BSF), injuring one personnel.

4) A day later, Pakistani forces have now targeted the RS Pura and Tawi forward belts, leading to four civilians suffering injuries. The clashes took place between the Pakistani Rangers and the Border Security Force (BSF) personnel.

5) Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Jammu on Friday to attend the centenary celebrations of former state Finance Minister Girdhari Lal Dogra.

6) On the other side of the border, Pakistani newspaper Dawn has reported that three Pakistani civilians were killed and five were injured after firing by BSF personnel in Sialkot.

7) Dawn also reported that another civilian was killed in another instance in Rawalkot.

8) Last year, there had been 562 ceasefire violations by Pakistan in all, the highest in 11 years, agencies reported. More than 32,000 people living in border villages had to move out and take shelter in camps set up by the government.

9) This month alone, there have been nine violations, Indian forces have alleged. One of them, on July 9th, took place on the eve of talks between the prime ministers of the two countries in Russia. This was on the sidelines of the Shanghai Co-operation Organization summit.

10) Even as the clashes are taking place, Pakistan has accused India of sending a “spy drone” which was said to have been used for aerial photography. Indian High Commissioner TCA Raghavan was summoned to Pakistan’s Foreign Office in Islamabad. The Indian armed forces, however, have denied the incident.

 

Pakistan violates ceasefire again: Ahead of PM Modi’s visit, 4 injured after heavy firing near Jammu

Jammu: Pakistani Rangers indulged in heavy firing and mortar shelling on five border outposts and some villages in Jammu district which left four persons injured on Thursday, a day after a woman was killed in the ceasefire violations prompting India to lodge protest with Pakistan.

BSF troops retaliated “effectively” to the Pakistani firing which came ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s scheduled visit to Jammu on Friday.

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“Pakistani Rangers resorted to small arms firing and mortar shelling along IB in R S Pura sector of Jammu district since 0115 hours today,” a BSF officer said.

They targeted five border outposts (BoPs) and some civilian areas in R S Pura and Tawi forward belts, he said adding that Pakistani Rangers fired 81 mm mortar shells around 0350 hours.

“BSF troops guarding the border line retaliated effectively and the firing exchange continued till 0530 hours today,” he said adding four persons were injured in Brewa village.

BSF officials said Pak Rangers have increased the arch of firing and shelling from Kanachak-Akhnoor sector to R S Pura sector now.

There have been nine ceasefire violations during July. A woman, Poli Devi, was killed and six others, including two BSF jawans, were injured on Wednesday in firing and mortar shelling in Jammu district by Pakistan Rangers.

According to government sources, India lodged protest both in Islamabad as well as in Delhi over the incident. “Our High Commissioner in Islamabad raised the issue with the Pakistan Foreign Office and Pakistan High Commissioner in Delhi was also conveyed India’s concerns regarding ceasefire violation in which one woman was killed and some people injured,” they said on Thursday.

On 9 July, Pakistani troops fired at a forward border post in North Kashmir killing a BSF jawan, an incident that came on the eve of talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in Russia.

The latest round of firing comes ahead of Modi’s scheduled visit Jammu on Friday to attend the centenary celebrations of former state Finance Minister Girdhari Lal Dogra.

Pakistan Rangers had on Wednesday opened ‘sniper fire’ on a BSF constable guarding a border outpost along the International Border (IB) in Kanachak sector of Akhnoor tehsil in Jammu district.

As BSF personnel tried to evacuate the injured jawan, they came under heavy fire from the Rangers, whereupon they took position and retaliated.

Two jawans, Anjani Kumar and YP Tiwari, were among the six persons injured in the firing, the spokesman said, adding that the exchanges were restricted to the Akhnoor-Kanachak sectors with five Border Out Posts (BoPs) on the Indian side coming under attack.

Apart from the BoPs, the Rangers targeted civilian areas with small-arms fire and shelling at Bhalwal Bharth, Malabela and Siderwan.

Three mortar shells landed deep inside Kanachak sector along the IB, they said.

In January this year, Pakistan resorted to several ceasefire violations resulting in death of four people.

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Even as India lodges protest, Pakistan targets border villages with mortar bombs

BSF troops retaliated “effectively” to the Pakistani firing which came ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s scheduled visit to Jammu on Friday.

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Pakistani Rangers on Thursday indulged in heavy firing and mortar shelling on five border outposts and some villages in Jammu district which left four persons injured, a day after a woman was killed in the ceasefire violations prompting India to lodge protest with Pakistan.BSF troops retaliated “effectively” to the Pakistani firing which came ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s scheduled visit to Jammu on Friday. “Pakistani Rangers resorted to small arms firing and mortar shelling along IB in R S Pura sector of Jammu district since 0115 hours today,” a BSF officer said. They targeted five border outposts (BoPs) and some civilian areas in R S Pura and Tawi forward belts, he said adding that Pakistani Rangers fired 81 mm mortar shells around 0350 hours. “BSF troops guarding the border line retaliated effectively and the firing exchange continued till 0530 hours today,” he said adding four persons were injured in Brewa village.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BSF officials said Pak Rangers have increased the arch of firing and shelling from Kanachak-Akhnoor sector to R S Pura sector now. There have been nine ceasefire violations during July. A woman, Poli Devi, was killed and six others, including two BSF jawans, were injured yesterday in firing and mortar shelling in Jammu district by Pakistan Rangers.According to government sources, India lodged protest both in Islamabad as well as in Delhi over the incident. “Our High Commissioner in Islamabad raised the issue with the Pakistan Foreign Office and Pakistan High Commissioner in Delhi was also conveyed India’s concerns regarding ceasefire violation in which one woman was killed and some people injured,” they said today. On July 9, Pakistani troops fired at a forward border post in North Kashmir killing a BSF jawan, an incident that came on the eve of talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in Russia.The latest round of firing comes ahead of Modi’s scheduled visit Jammu tomorrow to attend the centenary celebrations of former state Finance Minister Girdhari Lal Dogra. Pakistan Rangers had yesterday opened ‘sniper fire’ on a BSF constable guarding a border outpost along the International Border (IB) in Kanachak sector of Akhnoor tehsil in Jammu district.As BSF personnel tried to evacuate the injured jawan, they came under heavy fire from the Rangers, whereupon they took position and retaliated. Two jawans, Anjani Kumar and YP Tiwari, were among the six persons injured in the firing, the spokesman said, adding that the exchanges were restricted to the Akhnoor-Kanachak sectors with five Border Out Posts (BoPs) on the Indian side coming under attack.Apart from the BoPs, the Rangers targeted civilian areas with small-arms fire and shelling at Bhalwal Bharth, Malabela and Siderwan. Three mortar shells landed deep inside Kanachak sector along the IB, they said. In January this year, Pakistan resorted to several ceasefire violations resulting in death of four people.

Ahead of Narendra Modi’s visit, Pakistan kills woman, injuries six others on International Borders

A woman injured in firing by Pakistani Rangers being brought for treatment at the government hospital in Jammu on Wednesday

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Two days prior Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits the temple city of Jammu, Pakistani Rangers ratcheted-up tensions on the International Borders (IB) by resorting to heavy shelling on the Indian forward posts and civilian areas that left a 42-year-old woman dead and six others injured including a BSF soldier in Kanachak sector of Akhnoor area in the Jammu division.Pakistani forces violated the ceasefire at 8.45 am when their snipers fired at the Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers posted to guard the International Border in Kanachak sector. A BSF jawan 89-battalion was injured in the sniper fire.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>When the BSF soldiers rushed to evacuate their injured colleague, Pakistani forces resorted to heavy firing and shelling on their vehicle. BSF immediately retaliated to to silence the Pakistani Rangers guns.”One BSF constable received bullet injuries. The condition of the injured jawan is stable,” said Vinod Yadav, BSF spokesman at Jammu.The injured jawan has been identified as Constable Anjani Kumar, of village Basdih, Balia in Uttar Pradesh. Pakistani forces are using 82 mm mortar bombs to target Indian positions. BSF sources three bombs fell inside one of the border outposts along the International Border. “The exchange of firing was continuing intermittently during the day,” said a senior BSF officer.Pakistani forces later shifted gears and shelled the civilian areas in Molu village of Pargwal village in Akhnoor area. A 42-year-old woman Poli Devi who was going to fields suffered splinter injuries and died on the spot. Four other civilians also suffered injuries in the cross border shelling. They have been evacuated to different hospitals for treatment.Fear has gripped the villagers as some of the mortar bombs landed in the civilian areas close to the IB. Administration is keeping a close tab on the situation to meet any exigency in the wake of escalation on the borders.”People have been told to remain indoors and not roam around as a precautionary measure,” Simrandeep Singh, district development commissioner of Jammu, told dna.Jammu and Kashmir government has put in place the contingency plan to shift the people on borderline in case the firing from across escalates in the coming days. “Shelters are already existing in the area (to meet any exigency),” said Singh.Pakistan’s firing on IB has come just two days ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Jammu to attend the birth centenary celebrations of late Congress leader Girdhari Lal Dogra on Friday. Dogra is the father-in-law of union finance minister Arun Jaitley. Modi is likely to announce a financial package for the flood hit Jammu and Kashmir during his day long visit.Pakistan’s fresh provocation also comes days after Indian and Pakistani premiers broke ice in Ufa Russia and decided that DGMOs and head of BSF and Pakistani Rangers will meet early (to defuse tension on the borders).Official figures reveal that there have been 583 ceasefire violations on the Line of Control and International Border in Jammu and Kashmir in 2014. Around 430 ceasefire violations occurred on the IB while 153 violations were reported on the LoC. Eight soldiers including four BSF men and four army personnel were killed in the cross border shelling.Official figures reveal there were a total of 347 ceasefire violations in Jammu and Kashmir including 199 along the LoC in 2013. During the last 10 years (2004-2013), 27 soldiers have been killed in various incidents along the LoC.

Pakistan Rangers violate ceasefire again: One BSF man dead in Jammu and Kashmir’s Arnia sector

Jammu: Pakistani Rangers on Sunday resorted to repeated ceasefire violations and targeted Border Out Posts (BoPs) along the Indo-Pak border in Jammu district, prompting BSF troops to retaliate.

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“Pakistani Rangers resorted to small arms firing on BoPs along the International Border (IB) in Arnia sector of Jammu district at 18:52 hours and 7:15 pm today (Sunday),” a BSF officer said here.

They fired 25 to 30 rounds at BSF posts, he said, adding that BSF troops guarding the borderline with Pakistan took position and retaliated. The firing stopped at around 6:55 on Sunday evening. The firing by Pakistani Rangers resumed at 7:15 pm and the exchange between Pakistani Rangers and BSF troops continued for over 80 minutes and stopped at 8:35 pm, he said, adding that there was no loss of life or injury to anyone in the firing.

Border Security Force (BSF) constable Abhijit Nandi of 119 battalion was killed during the firing, a report in The Hindustan Times said.

Firing again erupted and was continuing intermittently till last reports came in from the area, the officer said. Earlier, Pakistani Rangers violated the ceasefire and fired at two BoPs along IB in R S Pura sector of Jammu district on June 22.

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Pakistan violates ceasefire in Arnia sector of Jammu and Kashmir, attacks BSF posts

In yet another case of ceasefire violation by Pakistan, there was unprovoked firing at two posts at the International Border in RS Pura’s Arnia sector in Jammu and Kashmir.

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Pakistani Rangers on Sunday resorted to repeated ceasefire violations and targeted Border Out Posts (BoPs) along the Indo-Pak border in Jammu district, prompting BSF troops to retaliate.”Pakistani Rangers resorted to small arms firing on BoPs along the International Border (IB) in Arnia sector of Jammu district at 6:52 pm and 7:15 pm today,” a BSF officer said in Jammu.They fired 25 to 30 rounds at BSF posts, he said, adding that BSF troops guarding the borderline with Pakistan took position and retaliated. The firing stopped at 6:55 pm.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The firing by Pakistani Rangers resumed at 7:15 pm hours and the exchange between Pakistani Rangers and BSF troops continued for over 80 minutes and stopped at 8:35 pm, he said, adding that there was no loss of life or injury to anyone in the firing.Firing again erupted and was continuing intermittently till last reports came in from the area, the officer said. Earlier, Pakistani Rangers violated the ceasefire and fired at two BoPs along IB in RS Pura sector of Jammu district on June 22.

Pakistan Rangers violate ceasefire in Jammu, open fire at BSF posts; no casualties reported

Jammu: Pakistan Rangers on Friday violated the ceasefire by resorting to unprovoked firing at Border Security Force (BSF) positions in Jammu, an official said.

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“Pakistan Rangers resorted to unprovoked firing at BSF (Border Security Force) positions in Pargwal area of Akhnoor sector today (Friday),” a senior police officer told IANS in Jammu on Friday.

“Pakistan firing started at 12 am and lasted for half an hour. BSF effectively retaliated. No casualty or damage has been reported from our side.”

Hindustan army hits back at Pakistan’s ceasfire violations now: Amit Shah

Amidst tensions at the borders with Pakistan, BJP President Amit Shah on Saturday said there has been a “big change” since the Narendra Modi government took charge as, unlike earlier, “Hindustan army” is now hitting back harder in response to ceasefire violations.Shah said “there has been a big change” after Modi came to the helm of affairs at the Centre when it comes to dealing with instances of firing from across the border by Pakistani troops.”Earlier, Pakistan used to begin the firing and end it also. But now, while they begin it, ending is done by the Hindustan forces. That is the difference,” Shah said.Addressing a public rally in Delhi, he claimed that under the previous UPA government, there was no response from India to such cases of firing from across the border.”But under BJP, ‘wahan se goli aati hai, yahan se gola jaata hai. Eet ka jawab patthar se diya jaata hai'”, he said, adding that India’s security is high on the agenda of the Modi government.Further criticising the Congress-led dispensation which preceded it at the Centre, the BJP President said that the UPA government had not done any work for 10 years vis-a-vis the modernisation of armed forces.”The UPA government failed in augmenting the strength of the three forces,” he said, adding that the NDA government has taken a series of decisions in the last six months to compensate for the last decade. The government has cleared modernisation projects worth over Rs 1.5 lakh crore since coming to power.Nearly 10,000 people have fled from border villages in Jammu and Kashmir after the latest round of ceasefire violations by Pakistan, which has left four Indian jawans and a woman dead since New Year’s eve while five Pakistani Rangers were killed in retaliatory firing by India.

Pakistan Rangers not accepting protest notes over ceasefire: BSF

The Border Security Force on Tuesday said Pakistani troops were not accepting protest notes from India over ceasefire violations and that there was “no communication” between the two sides. “We want to restore normalcy along the border but we are forced to retaliate because Pakistan Rangers resort to firing on us,” Director General of BSF, DK Pathak said.”Pakistan Rangers are not accepting protest notes over ceasefire violations. There is no communication between the two sides,” Pathak said.He said that the ceasefire violation by Pakistan could be an attempt to divert attention of its public from the Peshawar incident. Nearly 140 schoolchildren were massacred in a recent terror attack at an army-run school in the Pakistani city. Pakistani troops targeted over 60 hamlets and scores of border posts in heavy overnight shelling in Kathua and Samba districts, with mortar bombs landing deep inside Indian territory.Nearly 10,000 people have fled from border villages after the latest round of ceasefire violations by Pakistan which has left four jawans and a woman dead since New Year eve while five Pakistani rangers were killed in retaliatory firing by India.

Fresh ceasefire violation by Pakistan, one BSF personnel killed

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Pakistan resorted to a fresh ceasefire violation along the International Border in Samba District of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday, resulting in the death of one Border Security Force (BSF) personnel. Pakistan has already violated the ceasefire agreement on a number of occasions in 2015. Several persons have been killed on either side of the border. On Saturday, two army jawans and a woman were killed while 11 people were injured in the firing, while Pakistani firing on Thursday had left two persons dead, including a BSF jawan, and nine injured. Five Pakistani Rangers had been killed in retaliatory firing. Also Read: NDA government has failed to end ceasefire violations by Pakistan: Ghulam Nabi Azad

Two army men and woman killed as Pakistan extends shelling to LOC

(Top)A villager shows the damage at the ceiling of his house after firing from the Pakistani side. (Below) Villagers move to safer places by police vehicle after shelling from the Pakistani side at Bainglad village in Samba district

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Indo-Pak tensions have escalated after Pakistan extended the shelling to the Line of Control (LoC) after targeting the International border (IB) leaving two army men and a woman dead besides injuring 11 others in the last 24 hours.More than 2000 people living close on the IB have fled their homes and taken shelter in the relief camps in Samba and Kathua districts of Jammu division. This followed the overnight shelling by Pakistani rangers on the civilian areas sparking fresh spell of fear among the villagers.Two Indian army men were killed and two others were injured when Pakistani army violated ceasefire and fired rockets on the Kanaya post on the LoC in Tangdhar sector along the LoC in Kupwara district of north Kashmir on Friday.”They (army) have said Pakistan fired either grenade or rocket which caused fire in the jungle. In the incident two soldiers were killed and two others were injured. It is the Kanaya post of 5-Grenadairs”, Mohammad Rashid, superintendent of police, Kupwara, told dna.Pakistani Rangers also stepped-up offensive on the IB on Friday night when they shelled the civilian areas and 13 border outposts (BoPs) of the Border Security Force (BSF) in Samba and Kathua districts of Jammu division. A woman was killed while nine other civilians including a 10 year-old-boy were injured in the overnight shelling.”One of the shells landed in the compound of a house (in Mangu Chak village) killing a woman and seriously injuring her 14 year-old-son. Three other civilians were also injured in the shelling. Around 10 to 20 houses have been damaged in the cross border shelling,” Mubarak Singh, district development commissioner, of Samba told dna.Four persons including a 10 year-old-boy were injured in Hiranagar sector when Pakistani Rangers resorted to heavy shelling on the villages near the zero line of IB. Pakistani Rangers fired 51 mm and 80 mm mortar shells indiscriminately triggering fear among the local populace.”Around 500 to 600 persons have been shifted from the border villages which have been put up in five to six camps. We have set up 16 temporary shelter camps. Around eight to 10 villages are affected by the shelling. There are certain places where shelling has happened but people have not been affected”, said Singh.Sensing more trouble, a control room has been established in the office of deputy commissioner, Samba that will function round the clock. All the block development officers have also been directed to liaise with sarpanches and panches and issue advisory to people regarding safety measures during shelling.”We are advising people to remain indoors especially in pucca houses and not move unnecessary. It has helped us in a big away otherwise the casualty could have been much more,” Singh said.District administration of Kathua has established eight relief camps in which 1406 people from different border villages are camping. “Around 22 villages are affected by the firing. Around 1406 people have been put up in the eight relief camps”, Shahid Iqbal, district collector of Kathua told dna.